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July 1960

NEW YORK NEUROLOGICAL SOCIETY AND THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, SECTION OF NEUROLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY

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President, New York Neurological Society, Presiding Combined Meeting, Oct. 13, 1959

Arch Neurol. 1960;3(1):98-102. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.00450010098009

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Abstract

Presidential Address: Some Neurosurgical Asides on the Self-Destruction of Neurology. Dr. Fritz Cramer.

The prerogative and the distinction which belong to the neurologist as diagnostician of the nervous system are being forfeited by default and delegation to others, who have no greater competence.... A referring practitioner... cherishes most of all... a good clinical neurologic examination, with which he is not personally proficient, and a positive formulation of a neurologic opinion.... Substitution of roentgenology [is] equivalent to another step in the decadence of the neurologic art.

The almost helpless dependence which the neurologic physician and surgeon have come to have on radiology... ignores the roentgenologist's heavy dependence on the neurologic findings and the neurologist's opinions.

The curriculum of neurology (including neurologic surgery and psychiatry) in both its undergraduate and its postgraduate phases, should be taught more determinedly not only as a science (based, of course, on the cellular theory) but as

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